Welcome to the "train the trainer" materials for the ARRL "Introduction to Emergency Communications" course EC-001. These materials are not adequate for self-study but can be used as a refresher before sitting the exam. Your students may find reviewing these most enlightening.


Introduction to Emergency Communication

 These resources are to be used by trainers to conduct field classes in preparing the student to pass the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication Course #EC-001. The PowerPoint presentations are arranged along the full outline from "The ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Course" manual and on-line course. They allow you to add your own expertise to the discussions. You are preparing the student to take and pass the EC001 final field exam.


ARRL Course #: EC-001 - This 7/2011 release is a combined revision of the former ARRL Emergency Communications Courses Level 1, 2,and 3  that were issued prior to 2011.

Cost: There is no cost for trainers to use this material. Please give credit to the developers.

Description: These PowerPoint presentations are designed to provide the basic tools for the instructor. The entire course has 6 sections with 29 lesson topics. The course can be presented in 6 four-hour sessions including a good review at the end followed by the exam.

Computer Requirements: All presentation were developed using Microsoft Office 2010.

Prerequisites: Before you begin to present this course to others,  you should have already completed the prerequisites yourself and also have passed this course. The following courses provide a foundation for the content of the EC-001 this course. They are free mini-courses you can take online at

The FEMA Training Website

• ICS-I00 (IS-I00.b) (Introduction to the Incident Command System)

• IS-700 (National Incident Management System)

Please note: When your students enroll for this course (EC001) you need to verify they have the prerequisites. At the exam session, the Volunteer Examiners will ask for proof of completion of the ICS-100 and IS-700.


Course Requirements: As the instructor you should expect the student to actively participate in the discussions, pass a sample exam and attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions.

Course Completion:  A course  participation certificate can be issued by the local ARES group for recognition but is not recognized by the ARRL. In order to receive an ARRL approved certificate, the student must pass an exam proctored by two ARRL registered field examiners (FE).

The field exam: In order to receive a certificate for this course, the student must pass an exam proctored by two ARRL registered field examiners (FE). To find ARRL FEs (click here).


1. Who can attend the classes?

Anyone with an interest in Emergency Communications. There is no requirement of having an Amateur Radio Operators license. This class may be attended by your local EMS personnel.


2. Do I need a manual?

It is highly recommended to get the Introduction to Emergency Communications Course manual (click here) but it is optional for the class.

Course Presentations

 Note: Please download these to you own system. Each topic has timing slides built in to control breaks. If you do not want them, use the hide slide feature or delete them from the deck.

Here is a zip file of all the topics.

Full set of 29 presentations      Right click and select Save target as...to your desktop. You may need to refresh your desktop to see the folder


Here are the 29 presentations to download individually if you do not grab the ZIP file above.

Click on the Topic to have access to download each one individually.

Section 1: The Framework: How You Fit In

Session 1 - 1. Introduction to Emergency Communications

Session 1 - 2. Amateurs as Professionals

Session 1 - 3. Network Theory and Design

Session 1 - 4. Emergency Communications Organizations and Systems

Session 1 - 5 A. Served Agency Communications Systems

Session 1 -  5B. Working Directly with the Public


Section 2: The Networks for Messages

Session 2 - 6. Basic Communications Skills

Session 2 - 7A. Basic Net Operations

Session 2 - 7B. Introduction to Emergency Nets

Session 2 - 7C. Net Operating Guidelines

Session 2 - 7D. The FCC Ruling on Drills and Employees

Session 2 - 8. The Net Control Station

Session 2 - 9. Net Control Station Operator Practices

Session 2 - 10. The Net Manager


Session 3 - 11. Introduction to the National Traffic System

Session 3 - 12. Specialized Net Operations

Session 3 - 13. Severe Weather Nets

 Section 3: Message Handling

Session 3 - 14. Basic Message Handling-Part 1

Session 3 - 15. More Basic Message Handling- Part 2


Session 4 - 16. The Incident Command System

Session 4 - 17. Preparing for Deployment

Session 4 - 18. Equipment Choices

Session 4 - 19. Emergency Activation

Session 4 - 20. Setting Up, Initial Operations and Shutdown


Section 5: Considerations

Session 5 - 21. Operations & Logistics

Session 5 -22. Safety & Survival

Session 5 - 23. ARES PIO: The Right Stuff

Session 5 - 24. Alternative Communication Methods

Session 5 - 25. What to Expect in Large Disasters

Session 5 - 26. Hazardous Materials Awareness

Session 5 - 27. Marine Communications


Section 6: Alternatives and Opportunities

Session 6 - 28. Modes, Methods and Applications

Session 6 - 29. Other Learning Opportunities

Session 6 - Summary (Text) (HTML)


Session 6 - Final Exam given by two ARRL Field Examiners. To find ARRL FEs (click here).



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